Procurement frameworks

Switching to Open Source GIS just got easier

Crown Commercial ServiceAstun has been appointed to the LASA (Local Authority Software Applications) and G-Cloud procurement frameworks. This will simplify the procurement process so switching to Open Source GIS has just got easier.

Both the LASA and G-Cloud frameworks seek to drive savings for the tax payer and to enable local government to secure transformation, better interoperability, open systems and provide opportunities for collaboration.

Both frameworks are sponsored by the Crown Commercial Service.

 

LASA

LASA is a new procurement framework that has been developed with local authority customers and stakeholders including the Local Government Association (LGA) and Pro5. LASA is intended for the supply of software and related services that enable Local Government organisations within the UK to deliver services to their citizens. The framework is complementary to the G-Cloud framework for cloud based solutions. Both form part of the LGA National ICT Strategy for Local Government.

A framework in this instance refers to an agreement with suppliers to establish terms governing contracts that may be awarded during the life of the agreement. In other words, it is a general term for agreements that set out terms and conditions for making specific purchases (call-offs).

From a customer viewpoint engaging with suppliers is greatly simplified. Customers can pick from a catalogue of services/products and engage directly.

Astun Technology will focus on two of the eleven ‘lots’ published under the LASA framework for which there is already a perfect ‘fit’ with Astun’s widely deployed iShare Enterprise GIS platform.

  • Lot 9: Open Government Systems, Interoperability and Integration Services
  • Lot 11: Other Local Authority business systems including GIS

More specifically iShare is now available as a completely managed cloud hosted service available either through LASA or via the G-Cloud store.

For more information please contact us.

To find out more and register for the Government eMarketplace click here.

G-Cloud

The Government CloudStore is the easy way for the UK public sector to buy cloud computing commodity and support services. It is essentially an online catalogue containing details of each of the G-Cloud suppliers and their services. All types of cloud services are available in the CloudStore, including Public, Private and Hybrid, with offerings under four Lots: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); Platform as a Service (PaaS); Software as a Service (SaaS); and Specialist Cloud Services (SCS). Astun Cloud offerings come specifically under Software as a Service (SaaS) and Specialist Cloud Services (SCS).

You can purchase any of our cloud services from the Government CloudStore without the need for a costly procurement process.

Under the latest Framework Agreement (G-Cloud 8) there are five services available from the Government CloudStore and you can view and download the Service Definitions by clicking on the links below:

  • Astun Data Services - a range of geographic data, including OS Mapping, provided as web services for consumption as base mapping within web mapping and desktop GIS applications
  • Geospatial Cloud Consultancy Services - access to Astun's wide ranging Geospatial technical expertise to help you get the most out of your Cloud deployment
  • Get INSPIREd - INSPIRE compliant service for Metadata Discovery Services (searching), View Services and Download Services
  • Get INSPIREd Enterprise -  Enterprise metadata workflow from creation to publication and discovery
  • iShare In the Cloud - a Cloud hosted and managed version of iShare, including iShare GIS, that frees users from the costs and complexity of managing a Geographic Information infrastructure

For more information please contact us.